Monks Buy 600 Pounds of Lobsters to Free in Ocean

Lobsters escape pot thanks to generous monks
Cool black lobster at the fish market

Wikimedia/Rafael Ortiga Diaz

Buddhist monks in Canada bought more than 600 pounds of live lobsters and set them free back into the ocean this week. 

It is prime lobster roll season, but this week more than 600 pounds of lobsters were rescued from the pot by some generous monks, who bought them with the specific intent of releasing them back into the ocean.

According to CBC News, the Buddhist monks were from Canada’s Prince Edward Island, and they bought up live lobsters from various sellers around the island. Then on Saturday they released them back into the ocean.

"Hopefully, we can find a spot where there are no cages waiting for them," said one monk from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society.

He told reporters that the monks were not freeing the lobsters to promote vegetarianism or veganism, but just to cultivate compassion towards living things.


The monks said they had the support of local fishermen, who even advised the monks on where they could release the lobsters so they would be least likely to wind up back in traps again.